Author Archives: Philip Powers

December 18, 2017: Holiday Schmooze at Stein’s Beer Garden & Restaurant in Mountain View

During December, we always have a holiday schmooze where we get together over dinner and socialize. During the holiday schmooze, there isn’t a specific presenter, nor a set agenda. Instead, you can kick back and nibble away at Stein’s truffle … Continue reading

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November 20, 2017: Introduction to API Documentation

In Silicon Valley, there’s no greater demand for tech writers than with API documentation roles. This is primarily because, unlike traditional documentation around user interfaces, APIs are primarily marketed through their documentation. As such, the API documentation has a huge … Continue reading

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October 16, 2017: Trends in Technical Writing

Have you wondered why an agency doesn’t call you back after your initial interview? Or why you stop hearing from them after several successful projects? Come chat with Tim about what makes a independent contractor the type of contractor an … Continue reading

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Summer’s Over – Time for Touchstone!

Touchstone, the STC Northern California’s annual technical communication competition, is starting soon. For details about the contest, click here. There are several ways to participate in this time-honored event, and we encourage writers of all fields and experience levels to … Continue reading

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September 18, 2017: Adding Marketing to Your Writing Toolkit

To those of us with a technical background, any kind of marketing work can seem like a dark art indeed. But technical writers have always been involved in white papers, spec sheets, and similar pieces. Even online help is being … Continue reading

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July 17, 2017: Social at Sam’s BBQ

Our next meeting will be a social dinner at Sam’s BBQ. The chapter will buy your dinner and any non-alcoholic drinks for free! Come and socialize with other members and friends during a casual BBQ dinner. Event Details Date: July … Continue reading

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June 26, 2017: “Open Source as a Source for a Professional Advantage and Education”

Reminder: This meeting is taking place one week later than usual, not on June 19. Please update your calendars. Join us for a presentation from Mary Anthony on the value of open-source project contribution as an opportunity to build practical … Continue reading

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June’s meeting moved to 6/26/17

Members and non-members alike, please note: the STC-SV meeting for the month of June has been moved down a week. Instead of 6/19, we will instead meet on the following Monday, 6/26. Please update your calendars accordingly, and we will … Continue reading

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May 15, 2017: Kaizen You! (Or: Continuous Learning and Empathy-Building for You and Your Team)

How do you stay on the cutting edge with tools and trends in not just your field, but those of your colleagues? How do you inspire your team to do the same? How do you grow empathy for your other … Continue reading

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April 17, 2017: Continuous Delivery Is Not Just For Software

Continuous delivery (CD) and application release automation (ARA) are usually associated with software. These methodologies can be extended to other parts of your business, such as technical documentation. The output of a build/deploy/test/release software process and a build/publish tech doc … Continue reading

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March 20, 2017: Leveraging Structured Authoring / DITA Techniques When All You Have are Unstructured Tools

You’ve heard the buzz about structured authoring and DITA: how great it is for efficient content reuse, how it enforces consistency, how it guides our writing for topic-based presentation… But what if there’s no budget for new tools, no time … Continue reading

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Join the TC Camp Unconference – Santa Clara

Saturday, Jan. 21st, 2017 is TC Camp, a FREE Tech Comm unconference in Santa Clara, CA. It’s called an unconference because attendees propose and vote on topics they would like to discuss and learn about. The 2-hour morning workshops are … Continue reading

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January 23, 2017: Modern Technical Writing

In Modern Technical Writing: An Introduction to Software Documentation (an ebook available on Kindle), Andrew Etter argues for a model of technical writing that involves lightweight markup languages (like AsciiDoc and Markdown), static site generators (such as Sphinx), distributed version … Continue reading

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February 13, 2017 – Advance Your Career Through Self-Publishing

Writing a book gives you an opportunity to provide tangible value. It can establish your brand and increase your professional standing. Information professionals are uniquely positioned to take advantage of self-publishing because we already know how to transform source material … Continue reading

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November 14, 2016: Open Authoring — Content Collaboration Across Disciplines

Event Recording If you missed the meeting, you can listen here: You can also download the MP3 file. The slides are here: Open Authoring: Content Collaboration Across Disciplines with Ralph Squillace from Information Development World Event Description At Microsoft, we … Continue reading

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